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AcquireSemaphore() is light-weight. There is a fair bit of overhead when starting ImageMagick so if you have a short quick task the start-up costs are high. The start-up cost becomes negligible for longer running tasks.
You can initalize any of the ImageMagick lists before threading is enabled by calling the Get????Info("*",exception) method for the list. For example, to preload the type configuration list, call
before you fire up threads. However, without threading enabled in ImageMagick, it will probably blow up at some point if you fire multiple threads, perhaps when the program is exiting.